Book review: A HARD DAY

Thank you, Manta Comics, for a first look at the first eight episodes of A Hard Day in exchange for an honest review.

When I started reading webcomics, I turned to romantic and fantasy series. These are generally what I enjoy in all mediums: television, film, book, games, etc. But as I expanded my reading, I found other genres that I didn’t know I would enjoy. Which brings us to Manta Comics’ A hard day. The popular webcomic app is known for its romance. The new series falls into the action thriller category and helps expand Manta Comics’ genre library. And when you’re trying to get into something new, you really need a great series to help carry it.

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A hard day is an adaptation of the 2014 Korean film of the same name by Kim Seong-hun. Although a few changes were made for the adaptation, this one follows the same path. Our main protagonist, Ko Gunsoo, is a female detective in this version. On the night of her mother’s funeral, she rushes to the police station when she accidentally hits a homeless man with her car. To protect herself and her daughter, she hides the body to avoid a manslaughter charge. But when a mysterious stranger arrives and claims to know what she’s been up to, Gunsoo is drawn down a dark path embroiled in a shady police corruption scandal.

A Manta Hard Day Comic Book Prologue

So, does it do justice not only to the source material, but also to the expansion of Manta Comics’ action thriller category? So far – yes, and yes. Going from film to webcomic has its pros and cons. Some action-related scenes look better when able to watch them live. But A hard day does a great job of presenting the action through art. I could feel the tension and suspense while reading. And while many of the early chapters set up the story and mystery, it does give a good idea of ​​what’s to come later.

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But the real appeal of A hard day is the story itself. Gunsoo is not a likable character, and she’s not meant to be. We can understand where her choices come from, but we still know that those she makes are not good. But that didn’t stop me from wanting to know what was going to happen next. No spoilers here, but let’s just say she doesn’t make the smartest choices. And the further she goes down the rabbit hole, the worse things get. And that’s before the mysterious stranger even arrives. Moreover, the secondary characters have as much weight in the story as Gunsoo. And I’m a sucker for a strong ensemble cast.

The first eight chapters of A hard day make a strong selling point for the series. It doesn’t take long to set up the story, provide enough mystery to keep us invested, and give a taste of that sweet, sweet action. Of course, it’s important to say that things can change as the story progresses. The action could not live up to our expectations when presented in later chapters, or the story and mystery might become stale. But, with what has been provided so far, it will be an amazing ride.

A hard day will fall on Manta Comics Platform starting October 18, 2022. Be sure to add it to your list and check it out! Are you excited about the adaptation? Let us know in the comments below and on social media!

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